About ELM

The Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) is a collection of databases available to Minnesota schools, libraries, and residents.

The ELM databases give Minnesota residents online access to magazine, journal, newspaper, encyclopedia articles, and other information resources.

ELM provides information on a vast array of topics, including consumer information, arts and humanities, current events, health, science, social science, politics, business, and more.


ELM is brought to you by your local library or school media center, Minitex, and State Library Services, the MN state library agency, with state appropriations to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Department of Education. ELM instruction is brought to you in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The legislative intent is to provide Minnesotans with the best possible access to information resources across the educational spectrum, including K-12; higher education; local, state, and federal government; and public libraries.

Learn more at the ELM website. And help us promote ELM by ordering free brochures and bookmarks to distribute at your library.

About ELM Learning Center

The ELM Learning Center is a collection of instructional materials on the ELM databases created by librarians in the Reference Outreach and Instruction unit of Minitex. These fact sheets, short videos, activities, and recorded webinars can be viewed and used on demand, whenever they're needed. Permission is granted to share, modify, and use all materials on this site with proper attribution.

The ELM website and the ELM Learning Center are managed by librarians in the Reference Outreach and Instruction unit of Minitex. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.